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On-Ramp Joins Energy Technology Coalition to Advance Smart Grid

On-Ramp Wireless has been named one of 25 companies for a project by San Diego Gas & Electric to advance the development of a smarter electrical grid. On-Ramp Wireless will provide engineering and network design, installation and testing of a robust wide-area wireless networking system as part of the initiative. The project will integrate On-Ramp’s Ultra-Link Processing network to minimize the environmental impact of energy consumption.

On-Ramp’s Ultra-Link Processing system provides the range and capacity for energy-efficiency and intermittency applications distributed over wide geographic areas and in challenging environments. Additionally, the network integrates with SDG&E’s central data center systems for interoperability and security while developing smart grid feature. On-Ramp’s purpose built network also provides standard interfaces for the region’s existing local area or wide area network, enabling rapid integration of faulted circuit indicators, hard to reach meters, substation monitoring, sensors and devices.

The coalition will build on SDG&E’s smart grid foundation that includes smart meters, the new outage and distribution management system, and self-healing and microgrid technology. It will ultimately allow for the increased utilization of renewable energy generation on both the transmission and distribution systems. This includes energy storage devices such as battery technology being developed by the electric car industry, advanced sensors such as synchrophasors, dynamic ratings and fault locators, smart appliances and devices for in-home and in-business use, and a software application to balance energy supply and demand.

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